Dementia Café support Location: Fixed
About East Lothian Council Museums Service

Mission Statement: "Preserving and presenting East Lothian's cultural heritage."

East Lothian Council Museums Service came into existence in 1990 with the appointment of the first Museums Officer, although the then District Council had operated a museum in North Berwick since 1975. The service has three museums:

  • Prestongrange
  • Dunbar Town House
  • John Muir's Birthplace

There are also 2 independently run museums in North Berwick and Musselburgh.

About Opportunity

Our Good Memories Café offers lots of nice activities – and cake and friendly chat – for people with dementia and their carers. Using some of the local history centre and museum resources (eg photos and other visual items, museum handling objects, replica costumes and guided visits round the museum itself), we hope to provide some memory stimulation and food for conversation. Other planned activities for the café include occasional visits from a local storyteller, music and singing, knitting and sewing, board games.

We need volunteers to help run the event, welcoming people who come, sitting and talking with them, helping with tours and some of the other activities (showing and chatting about pictures, playing games, knitting etc), and perhaps also helping with some of the refreshments. We hope that ultimately this will be an entirlely volunteer-run event.

It is monthly on Fridays, 2-4pm. 13 Feb, 13 March, 10 Apr, 15 May, 12 Jun (so far).

Skills and Experience

Friendly, approachable, chatty, perhaps some experience with people with dementia. Capable and with initiative.

Travel Details


Accessible by foot, by bus and by car.

Minimum Age 16
Maximum Age Not Supplied
Wheelchair Access Yes
Disabled Toilets Yes
Selection Procedures

Application FormInductionInformal ChatInterviewPVG CheckReferencesTrial Period

Morning Afternoon Evening

Available During School Holidays Yes
Available During Termtime Yes
Frequency & Commitment

2-3 hours per month. Café is 2 hours, but some time needed for setting up and clearing away.

Training Details

Museum service induction and training before starting, with introduction to the resources at the John Gray Centre and training/discussion of the activity. Ongoing and reviewed annually.

Other Information
Saltire Compatible Yes
Reference Code153
Work Type Befriending/Mentoring
Client Group Museums/Galleries/Heritage
Childcare No
Expenses Paid Yes
Expenses Details

Paid a couple of weeks after expenses are submitted (longer the first time when details are set up).

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